With a big focus on the Olympics and the buzz around cycling and health, more people are saddling up and enjoy cycling holidays and day trips in the UK. It’s an amazing way to take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful UK countryside and enjoy some fresh air.
Whether you choose to pack a bag and head off on your bike across the country, or pack the car and bring your bikes along, there are a few items you won’t want to forget. To make sure you don’t forget the essentials, take a look at this helpful tips for packing for a cycling holiday post.
If you would rather look for somewhere to stay and bring your bike along to take out for day trips, then take a look at the award winning Blue Chip Holidays. They offer amazing accommodation throughout the whole of the UK, from cottages to castles, hows that for magical.
If you’re not sure what cycling routes are available, I have detailed three great cycling routes in the UK below to get you started.
CRUISE ALONG THE CAMEL TRAIL
Cornwall is a top UK holiday destination, but did you know it also boasts one of the UK’s most popular cycling routes? The Camel Trail is an 18 mile, largely traffic free route which runs from Padstow to Wenford Bridge. This route will take you along a disused railway line and through the beautiful wooded Camel Valley to Bodmin. The trail is relatively level and is suitable for cyclists, walkers, horse-riders and wheelchair users.
RIDE THROUGH THE RIDGEWAY
The Ridgeway is described as Britain’s oldest road, and is one of the UK’s National Trails, it’s an off-road trail which is 87 miles long and runs from Overton Hill, near Avebury in Wiltshire, to Streatley, in Berkshire. The route will take you through ancient landscapes that have been used by travellers, tradesmen and soldiers since prehistoric times. Along the way you will pass through downland, secluded valleys and woodland, you will also come across some popular route highlights include Wayland’s Smith, the Uffington White Horse and Avebury Stone Circle.
CYCLE ACROSS THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK, and the Scottish borders is no exception. For the avid cycling fan who wants a bit of a challenge the Four Abbeys Route will provide that and much more. The route is a 55 mile circular and takes in some gorgeous sights including four main abbeys on the route, Melrose, Dryburgh, Kelso and Jedburgh, as well as other historic sights on the route, or nearby. The route follows mainly minor roads, however, does include unavoidable stretches of A roads. Overnight stops can be made at Melrose, St Boswells, Kelso and Jedburgh.
Will you be enjoying a cycling holiday this year or do you have any cycling routes to add to the list?